The government of Ghana has called on chiefs to establish their own farms in support of President Akufo-Addo’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
Speaking at the 33rd Farmers’ Day celebration in Kumasi on Friday, (December 1, 2017) the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, said chiefs must support the programme, thus, one-chief-one-farm.
“We at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture are poised for action to provide leadership and technical support and direction to ensure significant achievement for the agricultural sector. Clearly, these are exciting times for the agricultural sector and everything possible will be done to exploit enormous potential the sector presents for accelerated national development."
“Nana Chairman, I invite you all to come on board to support the efforts and the mission of government towards the realisation of this goal and objective. In this respect, I have appeared before the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi to appeal to Nananom to establish their own farms, one-chief-one-farm. I made a similar appeal to Members of Parliament when I appeared before parliament only yesterday,” he added.
The Nana Addo-led government has insisted that the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, is the solution to the twin problem of migration of the youth to cities in search of non-existent jobs as well as the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing foodstuffs from neighbouring countries.
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According to the government, the Planting for Food and Jobs programme is expected to increase the production of maize by 30 percent; rice by 49 percent; soybean by 25 percent; and sorghum by 28 percent from the current production levels and create 750,000 jobs in both direct and indirect employment.
The theme for this year’s National Farmers' Day celebration is 'Farming for Food and Jobs'.